Car Photography Tutorial – 5 Great Tips for Better Automotive Photography

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Car Photography Tutorial - 5 Great Tips for Better Automotive Photography

In this post, I will talk about car photography. I’ll give car photography tips about questions like; How to photograph cars outdoors? What are the car photography techniques? What are the best car photography settings and best car photography angles?



1. Angles and Positions

Let’s talk about car photography ideas. Shoot the car at different angles and positions. Now there’s a handful of common ways to shoot a car. The first position is a front left 1/4 shot. That’s where you position the car to see about 25% of the left side as you’re shooting down it.

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Up next we got the front left 3/4 shot. This is where you expose 75% of the side of the car so that you get more of the car in the shot.

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This can all be reversed for the right side of the car too. Including the front right 1/4 shot and a front right 3/4 shot. So that’s 25% and 75% of the side of the car.

Next, we got the front shot. Very obvious. You’re shooting straight down the line of the car so that you can only see the lights and the windshield.

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Up next we got a side profile. Now that’s 100% a the side that you’re looking at. Looks great when you match it with an awesome background.

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Now let’s head to the back of the car. Let’s shoot straight down the back where you only have the headlights and the windshield so you can only see just the back part of the car.

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Up next, we got the back right 1/4 shot where you see 25% of the side of that car.

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Next, you got the back right 3/4 shot we’re seeing about 75% of the side of the car from the back.

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Fun little pro tip for you, try your best always to turn the wheel of the car so that the rim is facing the photographer. It generally just makes the car look better and it’s more pleasing to the eye.

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2. Panning for Motion Blur

A cool way to get some natural in camera motion blur is to stand stationary next to the side of the road while the car drives past you at a fast speed. I would suggest that the car drives about 60 kilometers an hour or 40 miles per hour at this time.



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Now grab your camera, set your shutter to about 1/125 and get all the other settings so you have the right exposure. And as the car drives past you follow it along with the lens and get the shot. Now, if you capture it properly the car should be nice and sharp but the wheels should be blurry and so should the background. This is to showcase speed and to add some dimension to your photos.

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3. Driving Shots

Some of the things that you’ll need are two drivers, two cars and a closed off area that you can shoot safely. This is where you’re gonna hang your camera outside the window of your chase car while you shoot the opposite car at about a speed of forty miles an hour to sixty miles an hour. Grab your camera. Set your shutter to 1/80 or 1/100 for shutter speed. This is the same principle as we talked in tip number two where the body’s nice and sharp but it shows motion on the ground or the road or the background, including the wheels.

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If you want to, you can decrease your shutter speed. This will increase the motion blur and if you just get that one shot that just looks like woo! That’s the one. But you’re probably gonna have to take a lot more shots in this case. So a safe area to play is 1/80 or 1/100 shutter speed.

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Obviously, quick safety tip. I just need to say it. Make sure that the camera is attached to you or latched to you in some way. I don’t want you to be shooting and all of the sudden you drop your camera and now a Porsche GT3 drives over it and now you have to explain to the insurance company what happened ’cause you’re probably gonna not get that claim. So, please be safe. I don’t want to hear about anybody getting hurt. This is always about fun and getting some images that you’re pumped on. But safety comes first.



4. Beware of Reflections

Cars are basically just like giant mirrors and they capture everything. Especially if you’re in a busy location or a busy area. You’ll have your friends captured in them. You’ll have trees or buildings. So I’d recommend going out into an open space. A field should work just fine. You don’t want to have to be looking at the image later.

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A quick tip and something that you should definitely buy is a polarizing filter when you’re shooting cars. One thing to keep in mind and something that I always do, when you’re switching from portrait to landscape make sure you compensate your polarizing filter accordingly. Because every now and then I’m looking back and forth at the photos and I’m like, why does this photo look so dope and this one looks so bad? Oh, probably because you didn’t change the circular polarizing filter again like you always do. So, this is mainly a reminder for me but you should also do it.

5. Car Photography Compositions

Seems obvious but change up your shots as much as you can. Get low. Bust out a ladder. Get high. Maybe take out your drone get it right over the car, shoot directly down. Utilize the landscape around you. Shoot behind trees. Put some stuff in the foreground.

Change up your perspective and your composition a little bit so that number one, your clients are happy and number two, when your friends are swiping through your Instagram feed going why does Kyle’s 1998 Mercedes Benz C230 look so amazing? Yes, I assume you have the same exact car as me. It’s because you utilized some new techniques and you kind of changed it up a little bit and in return, they’re gonna be smashing that Like button.

You’ll get like, at least thirty more likes. That’s a lot a likes guys. Ultimately, this is a creative space so trust your eye. Go out there, get creative. Explore some light, explore different angles, explore locations. Incorporate whatever you can into your car photography. So that you’re happy with the results that you’re getting.

#Hashtags

Finally, here are some car photography hashtags. You can use these hashtags on your Instagram page when you post your car photos.

#car#cars #carporn #carsofinstagram #CarsWithOutLimits #carlifestyle #cargram #carinstagram#carstagram #carshow #Carphotography #caroftheday #automobile #automobiles #automobilephotography #AutoMobileUploads #automobileengineering #automobiledesign #automobilephotographer #automobilesareart #automobilelove #automobilestylingculture #automobilelifestyle #automobileshow #automobileart #automobilesofinstagram #automobileclub

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